The Windsor Star’s Jim Parker spoke with Guelph Storm defenseman Owen Lalonde regarding his invitation:
The 19-year-old Lalonde, who plays defence for the OHL’s Guelph Storm, had the offer extended after Saturday’s NHL Draft.
“It came pretty much out of nowhere,” said Lalonde, who is a defenceman with the OHL’s Guelph Storm. “I hadn’t heard too much from anyone during the whole process.”
The six-foot-one, 185-pound Lalonde helped Guelph to an OHL title this year and a spot in the Memorial Cup. He attended prospects camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs a year ago.
“I just got a call after the draft Saturday for an invite to development camp in Detroit and then to the (rookie) camp in September in Traverse City, too,” Lalonde said on Monday. “Detroit was the only team I heard from, but it was still pretty cool because it’s the team I’ve grown up watching all my life and, of course, how close it is to home.”
The Red Wings also invited several college-graduating players to development camp, and Upper Michigan’s Source (TV WLUC 6 Marquette) noted that some of the older players in attendance will fill out the Grand Rapids Griffins’ roster this fall:
Northern Michigan University’s Troy Loggins and Michigan Tech’s Robbie Beydoun will join 47 other players for on-ice skill development and off-ice workouts from Tuesday, June 25 through Saturday, June 29 this week.
Loggins is one of 24 forwards selected, while Beydoun is only one of eight goaltenders.
Loggins tallied 23 goals and 17 assists with the Wildcats last season, and then signed with the Grand Rapids Griffins in March.
Beydoun played in 12 games with Michigan Tech last season, sporting a 1.98 goals against average and .931 save percentage. The husky went un-signed after the season, but will attend the camp as a free agent invitee.
UP Matters’ Jake Durant noted that Troy Loggins is a graduate Northern Michigan University…
Loggins, originally from Huntington Beach, California, had a very productive career with NMU appearing in 136 contests and finishing with 56 goals and 50 assists and 106 points.
In his senior campaign, Loggins was voted the WCHA’s Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and tabbed a First Team All-WCHA selection by the league’s coaches.
He also won the league’s scoring championship, finishing with a WCHA-best 32 points on 20 goals and 12 assists in league play in 2018-2019.
Loggins most recently spent time with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins where he played in four games, scoring once.
And Colin Platt of SB Nation’s “Black Shoe Diaries” took note of the Penn State University scorer attending this week’s development camp:
Last season’s leading scorer Alex Limoges will attend the Detroit Red Wings’ development camp from June 25-29. Limoges set a single-season program record and led the nation with 50 points last year, while tying the single-season mark with 22 goals.